Slide layouts can be changed from the default Title and Content layout to Title, Comparison, Two Content, and more. Learn how to change the layout with a few different methods, including a shortcut.
- [Instructor] When you create a new presentation, it usually starts with the title slide as you see it here. A place for a title, and a subtitle. If additional slides are needed for other content, you'll likely go to the Home ribbon, and then select New Slide from the Slides group. Let's go ahead and do this now. Within the New Slide gallery, notice that Title and Content is already selected, this is the default selection. But really, you can select any of these other types that are in the gallery. Let's first go ahead and select Title and Content, take a peek at it.
So we'll select it, then select Add Slide. The navigation on the left indicates we are on slide two, and here is the layout that was just selected. A place for a title, and a place for some sort of content. If the content that you are illustrating on this slide is a bullet list, a numbered list, a couple of paragraphs of text or just one illustration, many different types of illustrations as you can see here, you can add a table, smart art, different images from your computer, from online or even an online video, then this layout will probably work well for you.
But what if this content is a comparison of two different groupings of things? A comparison of two different images. This layout is likely not going to be the best, now there are some ways we can manually change this, these containers are selectable by clicking on the edge, and then we could grab the handle and resize this, copy this container, duplicate it. Same thing, we can even change the layout for this title, but as you start to make these manual changes, you may lose a consistent look as your audience is viewing this and you're moving from slide one, to two, to three, and on.
So instead of all this manual work, let's take a look at how these other layouts may benefit. Let's go back to the Home ribbon within the Slides group. We're going to go to instead of New Slide, how about we just update this existing slide that we have in view. We'll do that by selecting Layout as you see it to the right here. It brings up the Slide Layout gallery again. We can see that title and content is currently selected. If we need to make a different selection, like the two content that you see here, we'll select this, select Change Layout, and it's now updated the slide to show the title as it was positioned when it was a one-content layout.
It's in the same position vertically and horizontally at the top of the slide. Now we have two containers that are evenly-sized, evenly spaced and ready for us to add content to them. You may have also noticed the Designer ribbon popping up over here to the right that gives us some suggestions for different ways we can change the style of the slide design. We'll get into this in a future movie. Now, there are a couple of other ways that you can get to the Layout gallery that we were working with. So let's go ahead and close out of this Designer navigation by selecting the X in the upper-right corner.
Instead of going to the Home ribbon and selecting Layout as we did from the Slides group, if you come over here to an empty area of the slide and right-click, you'll find Layout in this menu. Let's go ahead and select the X in the upper right corner to get out of that menu. Just as well, if you come over to the left in the Navigation pane where you see the thumbnails of the slides by right-clicking over one of these slides, you will see an expanded menu of things that you can work with in a slide, but you'll also find Layout here as well. And that's how you can work with slide layouts to present your information in many different ways.
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